Archeological dig thrill of a lifetime for history buffs

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FORT LAWRENCE - Paul Bogaard has long been a proponent of uncovering the historical secrets of Beaubassin. Now he's not only seeing that dream come true, but he has become a part of it himself.

Archeological dig thrill of a lifetime for history buffs

FORT LAWRENCE - Paul Bogaard has long been a proponent of uncovering the historical secrets of Beaubassin. Now he's not only seeing that dream come true, but he has become a part of it himself.

The Mount Allison University professor was one of the first members of the public to join in the archeological dig now being undertaken by Parks Canada at the site of the Acadian settlement and Fort Lawrence.

"Since I've sounded off a time or two about this, I thought I'd better put my hands and knees where my mouth was," said Bogaard, who uncovered a shard of pottery during the interview. "I love this. It's really fun."

Sharing his excitement on Thursday was Diane Carmel Leger, who writes historical novels about the area and visits many schools across Canada and the United States. She has often spoken to students about the Beaubassin site, and can't wait to tell them about this.

"I called Parks Canada to find out if I could come and observe, and they said not only can you observe, you can dig," said Leger. "I couldn't believe it. I always ask the kids who would like to be an archeologist, and I realized that I would like to be an archeologist myself."

Midway through the dig yesterday she had uncovered two pipe pieces, some pottery, slag and some worms, and was loving every minute of it.

"To be around enthusiastic people like this, it's a bit like a treasure hunt for me," she said.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Parks Canada, Mount Allison University

Geographic location: Canada, United States

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